Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

Patricia O. Ko

March 24, 2015

The accessibility of the international market has redefined the Philippine business landscape. In the past, foreign entities may have been few and far between. Nowadays, local businesses easily find themselves dealing with corporations incorporated outside the Philippines (foreign corporations), not only as customers or suppliers, but even as joint venture partners. In the area of Public-Private... Read More

Jo Blanca P.B. Labay

March 17, 2015

THE PRACTICE OF LAW in the Philippines is strictly exclusive to Filipinos. Article XII, Section 14 of the Constitution provides that the practice of any profession is limited to Filipino citizens and, in the implementation of this restriction, the Supreme Court requires that any applicant to the Bar must possess Filipino citizenship. This restriction applies to a wide array of activities, and is... Read More

Genie Celini D. Nuevo

February 24, 2015

WITH the ASEAN Integration, the Philippines can expect an influx of international transactions, with concomitant obligations and contracts, and potential disputes and litigations. With our already clogged judicial dockets, and the expectations of foreign parties who might be used to different, perhaps even non-adversarial methods of settling disputes, this will present a profound challenge to... Read More

Kurt T. Yeung

February 18, 2015

IMAGINE YOU HAVE a product that you want to sell. You try to create a trademark that could go with it. You experiment with words and signs, logos and cartoons, but nothing seems to fit. Then, you hit upon an idea: why not use your name? It looks good in a certain typeface. It also sounds nice -- according to you (and a friend you annoyed with repeated recitations of your name). So you have your... Read More

January 07, 2015

FOR MOST of us, the recently concluded holidays meant enduring crowded malls and waiting in long lines to shop for gifts for our loved ones. Christmas is, after all, the season of giving, and many of us go through great lengths to make the experience of gift-giving special. In the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, however, some of us would purchase the wrong items or buy defective products... Read More

December 18, 2014

OF A RELATIVELY recent vintage, a seemingly innocuous proxy has become a subject of a judicial controversy. A proxy is a formal authority given by a stockholder empowering another to exercise his right to vote. It is a special form of agency, and a proxy holder is in the eye of the law an agent and as such a fiduciary. The Corporation Code of the Philippines recognizes voting by proxy in all... Read More

December 02, 2014

PREVALENT IS the practice by certain banks and credit card companies of issuing unsolicited credit cards to the public. One would often be surprised to receive from a bank or any credit card company a credit card, without even actually applying for one. The credit card would be complete with the intended recipient’s full name and address. Without the recipient ever using it, the next thing he... Read More

November 25, 2014

THE ASIA Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) 63rd Council Meeting was held in Penang, Malaysia, this month. The APAA is a nongovernment organization that aims to promote and enhance intellectual property rights protection in Asia. Made up of the region’s prominent legal practitioners of intellectual property law, the APAA’s members meet annually to network with each other and to share... Read More

November 18, 2014

THE ASTOUNDING developments in information and communications technology have redefined not only our way of living but also our manner of doing things. From manual recording, we now choose electronic encoding. From face-to-face meetings, we now prefer virtual conferences. The convenience and efficiency brought about by these technological advances caused the shift toward the use of electronic... Read More

November 11, 2014

WE LIVE IN A TIME where everything can be accessed through the World Wide Web. With the use of high-tech gadgets, phones are no longer used for mere communication, but also for different transactions such as online banking, online shopping and the like. In keeping with the advances in technology, the government has also updated its laws and regulations to govern these kinds of online transactions... Read More